Let me first say that I love St. Ives as a brand. Reason being that I believe they create products of very good quality for an extremely affordable price. I've noticed that a good deal of the products they create are sold for several dollars less than the equivalent products from other brands. For example, St. Ives Purifying Sea Salt Body Wash is sold for $4.99 at CVS. Olay Daily Exfoliating with Sea Salts Body Wash is sold at CVS for $8.29 (although it's on sale right now for $5.00), and Dove Gentle Exfoliating Beauty Body Wash is sold at CVS for $8.99. I haven't tried the Olay or the Dove body washes, but I doubt that they are much better than St. Ives, so why should I pay $3.00 more? Unless of course, they have something about them that you think is worth it.
I am inclined to believe that several other St. Ives products are delightful. St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub (for the face) has been a staple of mine that I've come back to again and again since high school. After one use your face feels fresher and after a week of use your skin starts to feel smoother and there seems to be fewer bumps and rough spots. Most of the St. Ives products have excellent ratings on CVS.com
So, what is it like to use this St. Ives body wash? Well, let's talk about the scent. Everybody seems to care about the scent of products, right? The scent is very mild. You would have to sniff the bottle or sniff the product in your hand to get a hint of it. You won't smell it when you are rubbing it on your body. It has the mild scent of a generic shampoo, something like Pantene Original.
The main natural ingredients in this body wash are pumice, sea salt, and sea kelp. It does contain sodium laureth sulfate (as do the vast majority of body washes and shampoos) so if that bothers you go with something else.
I have used this body wash with both a pouf and with my hands. I highly recommend the pouf experience because you will get a lot of lather and will be able to spread a moderate amount all over your body, including your legs and feet. Plus, it just feels nicer. Using it with your hands is not as good because the product won't spread as much and you'll have to use more.
I really like the sea salt element because I really do feel like my skin is being purified. There are some ideas out there purporting that sea salt can actually draw out toxins from your body. I don't have an opinion on that but it feels good! The body wash has tiny, and I mean microscopic, granules. Nothing like products with walnut shells. I wouldn't say it's gonna scrub off a ton of dead skin cells, but I bet it would if you use it every day for a week.
Ultimately, I think that St. Ives Purifying Sea Salt Exfoliating Body Wash is pretty rad. It works great, feels awesome, and it's cheap!
Have you tried this body wash? Have you tried the Olay one or the Dove one? How do they compare to St. Ives? Inquiring minds want to know!
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